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FAQ: High School Camp



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About High School Camp

Minnesota Debate and Advocacy Workshop (MDAW) High School Camp offers students entering grades 9-12 the opportunity to learn about the upcoming debate topic and develop their research/argumentation skills. Through one, two, or three week programs of seminars, labs, group activities, and guest speakers campers prepare for an exciting year of competitive policy debate.


There are three high school sessions to choose from.

  • 1-week camp runs from:
    • Sunday June 23, 2019 – Sunday June 30, 2019
  • 2-week camp runs from:
    • Sunday June 23, 2019 – Saturday July 7, 2019
  • 3-week camp runs from:
    • Sunday June 23, 2019 – Saturday July 13, 2019

Registration for camp is now closed.

Commuter Information

Students have the option to stay on campus in the Augsburg University dorms or commute to the workshop daily. Parents/Guardians are responsible for dropping off and picking up students. Programming goes from 9am – 9pm each day, including weekends (with a late start on Sunday mornings). Commuters are welcome to participate in the evening activities but must plan to leave by the 11 p.m. dormitory curfew.

Arrival Time

Residential (Dormitory Stay) Students:

  • If you are a residential student, you should plan on arriving between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, June 23. Registration will be held in the lobby of Urness Hall at Augsburg University in Minneapolis
  • At registration, you will receive camp materials and your dorm room assignment. You should be prepared to pay the remaining balance of your camp fee by registration. We are able to accept credit cards, cash, and checks (payable to Augsburg University).

Commuter Students:

  • If you are a commuter student, please arrive between 4pm – 5:30pm to register before the opening meeting on Sunday, June 23. Registration will be held in the lobby of Urness Hall at Augsburg University in Minneapolis
  • At registration you will receive camp materials and your dorm room assignment. You should be prepared to pay the remaining balance of your camp fee by registration. We are able to accept credit cards, cash, and checks (payable to Augsburg University).

Departure Time

Students should be picked up at 12 pm on the last day of their session.

  • 1-week camp ends:
    • Sunday June 30, 2019
  • 2-week camp ends: 
    • Sunday July 7, 2019
  • 3-week camp ends:
    • Saturday July 13, 2019



Costs are dependent upon the duration of the camp session students sign up for (1, 2, or 3 week session), residential or non-residential stay, and meal plan. There is a $100 deposit due by June 1, 2019. The remaining tuition is due by the first day of camp at registration/check-in June 23, 2019.

We are able to accept credit cards, cash, and checks (payable to Augsburg University), and credit card payments. Scholarships are available. 

Residential Pricing
(Includes double occupancy dormitory room):

  • 3 Week Policy Debate Camp, three meals – $2140
  • 2 Week Policy Debate Camp, three meals – $1630
  • 1 Week Policy Debate Camp, three meals – $850

Commuter Pricing

  • 3 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner meal plan– $1800
  • 2 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner meal plan– $1300
  • 1 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner meal plan – $725
  • 3 Week Policy Debate, no meal plan – $1425
  • 2 Week Policy Debate, no meal plan – $1025
  • 1 Week Policy Debate, no meal plan – $600


  • Early bird registration – $25 off by registering before May 10, 2019
  • Returning student – $25 off



Scholarship applications are now closed. 


At Camp

A typical day at the institute begins at 9:00am and ends at 9:00pm with breaks for lunch and dinner. A variety of activities occur during the day including instruction on the topic and debate theory, practice debates, and research. We will make adjustments to the schedule to serve the transportation needs of commuter students.

What to Bring

  • Laptop Computer —if you can (we will have access to computer labs and laptops for students who need it)
  • Debate supplies (pens, paper, highlighters, file folders, tub, accordions)
  • Spending money (vending machines and late night pizza)
  • Comfortable clothing/shoes
  • Umbrella/Poncho

Residential Stay Students:

  • Bedding (pillow, sheets – Twin XL, blanket)
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Alarm clock and fan —you will most certainly need a fan

May I bring my car?

Students may park on campus. No student will be allowed to operate a vehicle during the course of the institute. If you drive, we will ask you to give us your car keys for safekeeping at registration. Your keys will be returned at the end of the workshop.

What about computers?

We encourage students to bring a laptop if one is available. Ready access to one’s own computer greatly facilitates research and block writing. All debaters will have access to institute and Augsburg University computers during the workshop.

What should I wear?

Casual attire is entirely appropriate. Please be sure to pack comfortable shoes. It also gets hot, especially in the dorm. However, in other parts of campus Augsburg has a variety of air-conditioning options for buildings, so layers are a good idea.


Students who choose a residential stay will live in double-occupancy dorm rooms on the Augsburg University campus. Students must provide their own linens. The dorms are a short distance from the academic buildings/recreation facilities. All dorms have washers/dryers available to do laundry at no additional cost. Students should definitely bring fans for their camp stay, the Urness Tower does not have air conditioning.

Students in the dorms are supervised by RA staff members.

Students are responsible for the condition of their rooms. Payment for damage to Augsburg University property is the responsibility of the offending student(s).

There are no telephones in the individual dorm rooms, however there is a pay phone in the dorm and in all of the academic buildings. There is also an emergency contact phone in the dormitory (the number will be provided at registration).

Can I pick my roommate?

You may indicate your roommate preference when filling out the online registration form. We will do our best to honor requests.

Where do we eat?

Meals are provided by the Augsburg University food service. Meals are served buffet-style in the cafeteria and can accommodate persons with any special dietary needs. Let us know if you have vegetarian or other dietary requirements so we can ensure any such needs are met.

How can I receive mail?

Mail can be sent to you at:

[Your Name]

c/o Minnesota Urban Debate League

2211 Riverside Ave S, Campus Box 26

Minneapolis, MN 55454

Are off-campus ventures allowed?

Students will not be allowed to leave campus unless their parent/guardian informs the camp director of their permission to do so at registration. We will have permission forms available for you to fill out then. You will also be provided with an ‘absences’ sheet in your Welcome Packet, on which you may indicate any absences in advance.

If emergent, or personal reasons for leaving campus come up, parents/guardians must inform the MDAW administrative assistant of these instances, so that a student can be cleared by camp staff to leave campus. Advanced notice is appreciated. If such situations arise, please call 612-330-1730 and/or email

Campus Safety

MDAW’s RA staff will be staying in the dormitory with the students. All staff have undergone a background check by Augsburg University and residential staff are on the premises and in the dorms at all times. Dormitory access is limited to camp staff, residents, and university personnel. Students will receive key card access upon arrival, and we will ensure access for commuting students as well.

Campus security maintains 24-hour surveillance of the campus. They can be reached at 612-330-1717 if there is an emergency.

You may also call the MDAW office 612-330-1730 during business hours for help as well.

Contacting My Student

Weekdays between 9am – 5pm:

Please contact the MDAW main office on campus at 612-330-1730.

All other times:

Please contact Dave Cram Helwich at 651-307-6930.

Students are also permitted to bring cell phones, but we ask that they do not allow them to become a distraction. Though you may contact your student at will, cell service can be spotty in some of the older buildings.


We have regular camp programming on the Fourth of July but we end early for a camp barbecue and fireworks outing. If you would prefer that your student spent the holiday with family, please let us know. That’s totally okay with us! They won’t miss any core programming related to debate.